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        Heidegger and reading political times
endeavoring to think well about marginality
----------March 2019
        gary e. davis


Our fascination with the German 1930s may be somewhat perverse, but living through it seems beyond casual interest in understanding. Those were times whose lived horizon is excluded from our understanding because Heidegger’s hours and days and years, unspoken understandings, interactions, confidences, and intimacies are largely undocumented, and sparse documentation lacks context, sometimes because it’s none of our business (private life). Second-hand opinion is not documentation of anything.

Thinking with Heidegger for Our times, in our Time, is what Heidegger intended (calling himself a “precursor”), not second guessing his own times. However, I don’t deflect others’ concerns. That’s the motivation of this page. I reference others’ scholarship about those times in item 1 below. I’m grateful for lively disagreement I’ve had with some paranoid Heidegger scholars during 2014, re: item 4.

I’m unsure about substantially continuing this project online, because it’s marginal to my current interests (and, by now, tiresome, as the so-called “Heidegger affair” is decades old; there seems to be nothing new to say). But I suppose that future considerations will become apt, relative to political interest. When a new topic appears here for permanent listing, I’ll list that for a few weeks at my home page space (top left): “new in site.”

  1 Heidegger and reading political times | Sept. 2013
  2 “Why Do I Stay in the Provinces? | M.H., 1934
  3 What is being German?: 1934-35 | May 2014 English translation of Heidegger’s course on Hölderlin
  4 surviving nazism
    This is the first area of my project here that warrants a page of its own, apart from component postings for this area.
  5 surviving horror
    a | whom was entitled to speak?
b | for a sound silence
| March 7, 2019
  6 for fair flourishing
    a | fairness—right | Nov. 2014 photo
b | to malicious readers
| Oct. 2013
c | framing Heidegger is just doing business | Oct. 2013
d | one’s resistance to dwelling with Heidegger | Jan. 2016




Be fair. © 2019, g. e. davis.